Ben Delgado – Interim President
Ben brings over 30 year of experience leading and managing organizations that deliver services to underserved communities to our team. He is originally from San Antonio and was raised in a military Air Force family that moved often. He attended high school in Athens, Greece and upon returning to the states, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with B.B.A degree in Business and a B.A. degree in English. His notable achievements include serving as Director of Administration for the Office of the Governor of Texas, and serving as Interim Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services on two separate occasions. Mr. Delgado was awarded Public Administrator of the Year for 2006 by the American Society of Public Administration, Central Texas Chapter.
Delgado has extensive experience in Texas state government where he has served as the Chief Operating Officer of several large, health and human services state agencies, including the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Additionally, he has served as Executive Vice President for Community and International Operations for BCFS, a large international health and human services non-profit headquartered in San Antonio and serving communities all over Texas, across the United States and several countries.
Dr. Janet Realini – Founder and Associate VP
Dr. Realini is a nationally recognized physician devoted to reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy. After a successful career in academic family medicine, she served as Medical Director of Family Planning at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, where she founded the City of San Antonio’s teen pregnancy prevention program, Project WORTH.
Dr. Realini authored Big Decisions, a Texas-friendly, “Abstinence-Plus” sexuality curriculum for teens, which is used by a growing number of Texas school districts and community agencies. In 2006, Dr. Realini founded Healthy Futures, and has served as President of the organization since its beginning.
Analia Narvaez – Senior Administrative Coordinator
With over 20 years’ experience in office administration and support, Analía is the Senior Administrative Coordinator, providing support to Healthy Futures of Texas’ office, programs, and staff. Analia manages and coordinates the administrative and financial functions of Healthy Futures of Texas, including the Human Resources Department. She also provides administrative support for the President and coordinates administrative support for programs.
Prior to joining Healthy Futures in November of 2011, Analía was employed with Project QUEST, Inc. for 12 years, where she worked with and supported the Executive Director and Program Directors. Having previously been employed with Senior Community Services as a Community Coordinator and the State of Texas Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division as a Program Specialist, Analía is no stranger to emerging community concerns. She has a deep sense of loyalty and a great love for the San Antonio Community.
Alice Bufkin – Policy & Advocacy Manager
Alice received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and her Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to working at Healthy Futures, she spent three years as a policy associate with Texans Care for Children, where she advocated for policies that improve the health and wellbeing of moms and young children. While working at Texans Care for Children, Alice became a member of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition’s steering committee, recognizing the central role women’s preventive healthcare plays in family wellbeing. Alice has also worked as a Research Associate with the Urban Institute, a researcher at The Austin Project, and an intern with Equality Texas. Alice is committed to teen pregnancy prevention and improving access to reproductive healthcare in Texas, and eager to advance the work of Healthy Futures of Texas and the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition.
Leah Gonzalez – Policy & Advocacy Assistant
Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from Howard Payne University, and her Master of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin specializing in Community and Administrative Leadership. Prior to her work with Healthy Futures of Texas, she spent over two years with the American Cancer Society advocating for patients and families affected by cancer. Additionally, she worked with the National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter during Texas’ 83rd legislative session. Leah is inspired by the work of Healthy Futures of Texas and the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition. She is excited to support efforts to advance teen pregnancy prevention strategies and improve access to preventive healthcare for all Texas women.
Big Decisions Evaluation Project Team
Rene Gonzalez – Program Director
René A. González is the Program Director for the Big Decisions Tier2B grant from the Office of Adolescent Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining the Healthy Futures of Texas Team Rene worked for the BCFS Community Services Division and at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). At HACU he served on several national task forces examining higher education challenges for Hispanics and wrote for, was awarded, and managed collaborative grant with Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the federal, corporate, and non-profit sectors. These programs included collaborative mentoring across institutions, research capacity building, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research opportunities, STEM workshops, federal and corporate internships, and college preparation and financial aid awareness.
Before joining HACU, Mr. Gonzalez worked at the University of Pennsylvania as the founding director of the Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center and the University of Texas at Austin in student affairs. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UT Austin.
Monica Rivera – Program Coordinator
Monica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. She also earned her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2015. While enrolled in her Master’s program, Monica worked for Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio as a Program Administrator, and assisted the President on various projects, and also assisted the accounting department while working there. Prior to working with Habitat for Humanity, she was an Assistant Controller at a local law office here in San Antonio.
At Healthy Futures of Texas, Monica is a Program Coordinator and works directly with Rene Gonzalez on the Big Decisions Tier2B grant from the Office of Adolescent Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She strives to make a difference in the community and enjoys to help the youth achieve healthy decisions and a bright future.
C-PREP Project Team “BAE-B-SAFE”
Ginger Mullaney – Program Director
Ginger Mullaney is the Program Director for the Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (C-PREP) grant. The federally funded grant from the Administration of Children and Families, Families and Youth Services Bureau is a 3 year grant partnering with three Alamo Community Colleges serving college aged young adults.
Before joining Healthy Futures of Texas Ginger worked with The Social and Health Research Center. She served as Project Coordinator and Program Manager for multiple private and federally funded grants in diabetes and obesity prevention research for youth. Ginger has experience cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and partners to ensure participants are given the best possible interventions and projects are implemented with minimal barriers. Also, she believes using innovative and relevant approaches specific to target populations are the key to making projects successful. A native San Antonian, Ginger received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Chico in Communications. After school she returned to San Antonio and remains passionate about connecting youth and families to resources they are often not aware of.
Kelsey Olson – Health Educator
Kelsey Olson received her Bachelor of Health & Wellness Promotion and Master of Education Degree in Health Education from Texas State University. While enrolled in her master’s program, Kelsey was employed as a Graduate Instructional Assistant and was involved with university implemented health education outreach events. She has also worked on numerous research projects that focused on sexual health education, tobacco use, and school health education. Kelsey facilitated research and analyzed data for the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey (YRBS).
Before joining Healthy Futures of Texas Kelsey worked with IT’S TIME TEXAS (ITT), an Austin, TX non-profit promoting healthy lifestyle and behavior change to make choosing healthy easier. Kelsey serves Healthy Futures of Texas as a Health Educator under the Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (C-PREP) grant. She is responsible for collaborating, facilitating, and providing technical assistance for Alamo Community College staff and students to reduce the amount of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) in the college-aged population. As a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Kelsey’s professional goal is to empower the public to become health-literate, self-directed advocates for their own health.
Alexander Onyina – Health Educator
Bethany Evans – Health Education Program Manager
Bethany earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Baylor University in 2010 and her Masters of Public Health, with a Concentration in Maternal and Child Health, from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health at Houston in 2013. While enrolled in her Master’s program, Bethany worked for Texas Christian University as a Research Assistant on a randomized-control study that measured the adherence to antiretroviral medications in HIV positive incarcerated individuals. While not a native to San Antonio, Bethany decided to make the move here because of close family members that had made San Antonio their home.
Bethany started out as a Health Educator at Healthy Futures of Texas in the Fall of 2013, and soon transitioned into the Program Coordinator position for HFTX for two years. She was recently promoted to the Program Manager position in January 2017 and is excited to see what she’ll be able to accomplish in this new role. During her time, she has worked closely with two large school districts within San Antonio on implementing two different evidence-based sexual health programs, as part of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver grant, and with several community agencies. More recently, she is working closely with the Health Education program team on expanding direct services, training and technical assistance, and disseminating Big Decisions to counties beyond Bexar County and throughout the state. Bethany is excited to see the progress that we’ve made and the future progress we’re making in our community with reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy.
Eleni Pacheco – Health Educator and YAC Leader
Eleni received their bachelor of the arts degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2016. During their undergraduate career, Eleni focused on sex, gender, and reproduction from both biological and multicultural perspectives. Eleni was very active in the campus community, serving as an organizer and volunteer for multiple student organizations.
Eleni is passionate about advocacy. They completed the Youth Power and Leadership Training Summit in August of 2016 and continue to attend advocacy trainings, presentations, and volunteer opportunities. As a health educator at Healthy Futures of Texas, Eleni is dedicated to empowering youth to make informed, healthy, positive life choices.